The Department of Homeland Security reportedly expects violence to occur “for weeks” from leftist violent extremists over the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion across the country.
“We expect violence could occur for weeks following the release, particularly as DVEs may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision,” a DHS bulletin obtained by ABC News warned. “We base this assessment on an observed increase in violent incidents across the United States following the unauthorized disclosure in May of a draft majority opinion on the case.”
“Federal and state government officials — including judges — and facilities probably are most at risk for violence in response to the decision,” the bulletin said. “In May, a network of loosely affiliated suspected violent extremists, known as ‘Jane’s Revenge’ — which has been linked to arson attacks against the buildings of ideological opponents — shared a post online encouraging a ‘night of rage’ following the Supreme Court announcement, stating, ‘we need the state to feel our full wrath’ and ‘we need them to be afraid of us.’”
The DHS also pointed to the recent arrest of the man that allegedly attempted to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in response to an early leak of a draft of the opinion overturning Roe to Politico.
On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy except in cases of medical emergencies or a “severe fetal abnormality.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Justice Alito wrote in his majority opinion.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Alito wrote. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”